After calling time on a playing career that saw him make 143 Bundesliga appearances, André Breitenreiter took over the coaching reins at TSV Havelse – his final club as a player. In his debut season in the dugout, he steered the club clear of the Regionalliga relegation zone amid difficult circumstances. After two and a half years in charge, Breitenreiter moved to SC Paderborn, whom he swiftly led from the second tier to the Bundesliga. Following the East Westphalians’ debut campaign in the top flight, the Langenhagen native joined FC Schalke 04 in the summer of 2015. He steered the Royal Blues to fifth place in the table, before leaving the club after one sole season in charge. In March 2017, he was appointed by Hannover 96, whom he also led to German football’s top table by the end of the season. In the 2021/22 campaign, the coach then guided Swiss top-tier outfit FC Zurich to the league title against all odds. The tactician was subsequently appointed by TSG Hoffenheim.